Eglinton man to tackle career challenge voyage aboard STS Leeuwin II


ECU MBA Director Mehran Nejati and ECU MBA student Justin Barnes at the helm of STS Leeuwin II.
ECU MBA Director Mehran Nejati and ECU MBA student Justin Barnes at the helm of STS Leeuwin II.

EGLINTON resident Justin Barnes (31) will join the STS Leeuwin II for its seven-day career challenge voyage in December.

ECU’s school of business and law has offered a full scholarship for a master of business administration student to take part in the voyage.

Mr Barnes applied as he wanted to develop skills in leadership, teamwork and communication.

“Sometimes the soft skills we have as people seem more important and get us further in life and I would imagine these skills are only going to help progress or challenge my career and personal life,” he said.

STS Leeuwin II under full sail.

Mr Barnes, who works full time as a sales and marketing manager and is majoring in marketing at ECU, said he was looking forward to seeing the coastline from Fremantle to Bunbury during the voyage from December 8-14.

“I am most looking forward to being outside of my comfort zone and being somewhere different, maybe watching the sunsets in a way that most people do not get to,” he said.

Master of business administration director Mehran Nejati said the career challenge encouraged students to step out of their comfort zone, increase self-awareness, and practice team work, decision making, and people skills.

Throughout the week participants will take part in all activities onboard including joining night watches, climb the 33m main mast, working aloft and taking the helm.

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